Spring break is a rite of passage for many students. Every year, thousands of students visit California for its beautiful beaches and wonderful weather, and many Southern California students make the short trip to Mexico to get away. Unfortunately, these trips can be tragically spoiled as a result of an all-too-common occurrence. Traffic accident rates spike between February and April in popular spring break destinations like California, and fatalities can be as much as 9 percent higher during the vacation season. Most of these accidents involve out-of-state drivers and those under the age of 25, likely due to inexperience on the road and unfamiliarity with roads or traffic rules. Sadly, many of these accidents are also the result of impaired driving. Students on spring break are not the only ones at risk; residents of popular vacation spots can be just as vulnerable to accidents. To protect yourself and your loved ones, it is extremely important to take precautionary measures to ensure your safety.
Tips For Southern California Residents
If you live in a popular vacation destination, you may be involved in an accident just because of your close proximity to the influx of inexperienced or impaired drivers. Reduce your risk by following these tips.
- Avoid driving near crowded beach or bar spots, especially late at night during bar or party hours.
- Practice defensive driving and stay alert to avoid crashes with impaired drivers. Avoid texting and driving to ensure that you do not become distracted on the road.
- Report drunk or impaired drivers to protect everyone on the road.
Tips For Spring Breakers
While spring break can be an amazing experience, a DUI or an auto accident would be an unwelcome addition to those lifelong memories. Protect yourself and your friends by following these tips.
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Agree on who will be a designated driver, if you plan to drink alcohol.
- Walk or take a taxi, if you cannot find a designated driver. Ride-share companies like Uber are available in most locations, and many companies offer free or discounted rides during peak vacation season.
- Plan ahead. Your judgment will be compromised once you have had even one drink, so it is imperative that you have a prearranged driver so you avoid making poor decisions once you are in the heat of the moment.
- Be responsible. If you choose to drink alcohol, make sure that you know your limits, and respect your choice to stay within those limits.
- Report drunk or impaired drivers. While nobody wants to “tell” on their friends, choosing to stop someone from driving while under the influence could save their life, your life, and the lives of many others.
- Do not text and drive. Using your phone while driving will cause you to be distracted and can cause fatal accidents.
If You Are in an Accident
Accidents still happen, even if you take all the protective measures possible. If you are involved in an auto accident in Southern California, during spring break season or not, the skilled car accident attorneys at The Sargent Firm can help. Call us today or contact us online for your free consultation.